There's a lot to unpack in that statement... Is there any recent analysis on the usage stats that chrome is reporting back that someone could point to?
Isn't it well known that Google scoops up web history from the browser or have they stopped doing/never done this? In the latter case any pointers would be appreciated.
Source: I work in education - even in a highly educated area in a developed EU country, young and old alike think like this.
A default open browser history synced across devices seems like exactly the sort of thing that would show that DDG has increased its market share.
Not only is Google's indexing infrastructure not that fast, but they deliberately don't do that because some poorly designed sites have passwords or unique keys in the URL that should not be used to retrieve content for the public search index.